Kindergarten Weekly Update 10-5-13

posted Oct 7, 2013, 9:55 AM by Cynthia Friedman
Our Shape and Say story is “An Apple for Alex,” featuring the letter “a” and its sound. We will be making (and eating) applesauce. The children will learn to use the hand-cranked peeler and slicer and the push down apple slicer. We could use apples for this activity.

Look for our first story compositions in the Ridgeline Reader along with some photos.

“The Special Game,” handling rejection and “Computer Brain,” thinking before acting are our Coping in Kindergarten (CIK) stories. 

Math materials introduced include spindle boxes, apple counting, knot counting, odd/even and the bead bars addition. 

We have begun a study of the push-pull force of magnets. We tested different objects to see if a magnet affects them. Then, we experimented some more in the classroom and outside with our upper-el buddies. Also, we are learning about land, air and water, cutting out and gluing magazine photos onto a large poster. 

Rachael, our Chinese intern, is teaching the children “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” in Chinese. Other songs the children are enjoying are “The Magic Horse and Me,” “Polaris Jack,” “Going to Kentucky,” and “Gray Squirrel” among others. 

We will be practicing two poems to recite at the Book Fair in November. “I Like Fall” will be sent in the first homework envelope on Monday, October 7. Homework is due on Thursday due to the Friday In-Service. Your child’s pencil grip during handwriting should be supervised for functionality. A little practice every day is more effective than completing it all in one day.
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